I was going to share these images of the Oklahoma Survivor Tree on the 25th Anniversary of the Oklahoma Bombing but then COVID happened and time got away from me. They were taken in 1995 following the implosion of the Alfred P. Murrah building. According to the Oklahoma City National Memorial, the Survivor Tree is […]
I’ve reached the land of corn and wine, And all its riches freely mine; Here shines undimmed one blissful day, For all my night has passed away… George Floyd and Laura and L.D. Nelson died on the same day — May 25 — 109 years apart. The Nelsons, a mother and son, were #lynched near […]
God help those blessed-are-the-poor who quietly live out their lives in Rural America. Who surf the world through satellite dishes. Who grow giant gardens and eat and can all that they grow. Who consume pickled cucumbers and zucchini bread at every meal. Blessed are those who work with their hands to make everything better. Who […]
We stole away to Southeast Oklahoma a few weeks ago to celebrate the end of school and the start of summer. All our dreams packed into both Jeeps because one isn’t big enough to carry all these hopes. Hopes for a perfect weekend. a perfect cabin, a perfect campfire. Next summer, Juliette will be packing […]
Contractors renovating Emerson High School in Oklahoma City, made an awesome discovery this week. Behind existing chalkboards they discovered vintage slate chalkboard lessons, drawings, instructions and a prayer from 1917. The prayer reads: “I give my head and my heart and my life to my God and One nation indivisible with justice for all.” Maybe if we still had prayer […]
At night in dreams he sees their souls rise Like dark geese into the Oklahoma skies Well this is a prayer for the souls of the departed –Springsteen Down an old dirt road in Okfuskee County is a gravel turn-out that bends in a half circle right by a stand of trees. Underneath them is a glorious patch […]
I get so sad remembering the Oklahoma bombing, but I never get sad when I think of Jill. I met her during my years at Southern Nazarene University. She was a member of the Class of 1991. I graduated in 1990. RIP Beautiful Jill. I know you’re with our Lord.